Tag: SCAM

Fake Alexa setup app climbs Apple’s App Store charts

There’s a fake Amazon Alexa setup tool for iOS masquerading as a legitimate app, and it’s climbing the charts alarmingly quickly. One World Software’s duplicitously named “Setup for Amazon Alexa” — it went live this week — is the sixth-most-downloaded app in the Apple App Store’s “Utilities” category and the 60th overall in “Top Free,” […]

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The Viral Homeless Vet GoFundMe That Raised $400K Was Allegedly a Scam

If you needed another example of how our world is a dark and depressing place where all good things are secretly awful, here you go: According to a new report from NBC Philadelphia, the viral GoFundMe campaign that raised over $400,000 to get a homeless vet back on his feet was allegedly just a scam […]

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I Sent Fake Versions of Myself on TV and Everyone Fell for It

This article originally appeared on VICE UK. I don’t want to do this anymore. I’ve just watched myself on French TV, talking about the time I made my shed London’s number one restaurant on TripAdvisor, and it’s the last time I’ll subject myself to it. Like Jared Leto, or Julianne Moore, or any one of […]

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Apple apologizes for phishing scam account hack in China

Following reports from Chinese mobile payment companies Alipay and WeChat that some of their Apple device-using customers had lost money, Apple today apologized and confirmed that stolen Apple IDs were the subject of a hack. “We are deeply apologetic about the inconvenience caused to our customers by these phishing scams,” Apple said in a statement […]

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Racists Are Peddling Fake Nike Coupons for ‘People of Color’

In the few days since Nike dropped its Colin Kaepernick ad, we’ve seen pissed-off MAGA bros incinerate their own sneakers, Trump angrily weigh in, and a Louisiana mayor try to ban (then un-ban) Nike products from his city’s rec centers. Now, unfortunately, it looks like we’ve reached the “racist 4Chan hoax” phase of this godforsaken […]

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The FTC is investigating iBackPack, an $800,000 crowdfunding scam

Kickstarter and Indiegogo may have started with great intentions, but crowdfunding campaigns now seem at least as likely to fall short of their promises as to fully deliver on them. As The Verge reports today, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has taken a particular interest in the Los Angeles startup behind iBackPack, which raised nearly $800,000 across […]

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Homeless Vet Says He Got Scammed Out of $200K Raised for Him on GoFundMe

Last year, homeless veteran Johnny Bobbitt used his last $20 to buy gas for a woman who wound up stranded on the side of the highway in Philadelphia, an act of kindness that went viral after she shared his story and started a GoFundMe to help him out. The thing wound up raising more than […]

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This Girl Conned Dozens of Dudes into Going on a Mass Tinder Date with Her

Aside from being a sad, demoralizing hellscape, Tinder is festering with liars and cheats, from rich dudes who pay other people to flirt for them to serial dine-and-dash daters. There’s a weird combination of relative anonymity, blind hope, and desperation at play on the dating app that makes it ripe for deception—something one young woman […]

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